Radical Monotheism and Western Culture With Supplementary Essays

ISBN-10: 0664253261

ISBN-13: 9780664253264

Edition: N/A

Authors: H. Richard Niebuhr, James M. Gustafson

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This reissue of a classic work of H. Richard Niebuhr, one of the most influential and creative theological ethicists of the twentieth century, highlights his mature thinking. By using path-breaking interpretations of faith as a basic dimension of human life and culture as an arena of faith in conflict, Niebuhr encourages further thought. This volume should be required reading for anyone interested in recent perspectives on theology and ethics.The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 8/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 156
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

James M. Gustafson grew up in what he has called "an immigrant sectarian community" in Michigan. He served in Burma and India during World War II and received a B.S. from Northwestern University (1948), a B.D. from the University of Chicago (1951), and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1955). After serving as a pastor of a Congregational church, he taught at Yale from 1955 to 1972 and at the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1972 to 1987. Since then he has been Henry R. Luce Professor of Humanities and Comparative Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In his work, Ethics from a Theocentric Perspectiv (1981), Gustafson expresses his belief that the leitmotif of a theocentric ethics is that "we are to conduct life so as to relate all things in a manner appropriate to their relations to God." While his theological critics have argued that he pays more attention to philosophy, science, and experience than to Christian tradition, his philosophical critics might find that his religiosity escapes the standard criticisms of religious thought, for Gustafson takes modern science very seriously.

General Editors' Introduction
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Theology and Faith
The Dual Task of Theology
Faith As Confidence and Fidelity
The Idea of Radical Monotheism
The Social God and the Many Gods
Radical Monotheism
Radical Faith--Incarnate and Revealed in History
The Incarnation of Radical Faith
Revelation and Faith
Faith in the Person
Radical Monotheism and Western Religion
The Conversion of Reverence and Prayer
Radical Faith in "Organized Religion
Radical Faith in Political Community
Loyalty and Confidence in National Existence
The Struggle of Social with Monotheistic Faith
The Democratic Dogma of Equality
Radical Faith and Western Science
Our Faith in Science
The Faiths of Science
Supplementary Essays
Theology in the University
The Center of Value
Faith in Gods and in God
Science in Conflict with Morality?
Index
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